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Free Abdullah Ocalan - an Account of the Campaign to Free Abdullah Ocalan and all other Political Prisoners in Turkey

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From The Leader of Kurdish People .Abdullah Ocalan.
The Leader of Kurdish People .Abdullah Ocalan.
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November 2013

Cultural, racial, ethnic, political and historical background

'No friends but the mountains' is the expression commonly used by Kurds to describe their political and diplomatic plight in today's rapidly changing Middle East. It was first used when strategic political intrigues initiated the downfall of the Median (ancient Kurdish) Empire more than two and a half thousand years ago. Now, after millennia of ideological and territorial occupation, domination and internal struggles, the Kurds are emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the region's hottest trouble spots.

The stakes for both the Kurds and the world are high; Kurdish militias control the passage of oil north from eastern Turkey, major eastern Syrian oil wells, and from their established Kandil mountain base claim territorial rights over vast oil fields in Iraq. The current stripping of oil reserves from western Iranian traditional Median lands is a significant driver for the Kurdish insurgency in the Islamic Republic.

One of the oldest world archeological sites at Gobelke Tepe in Turkey predates the Indo-European (Aryan) occupation of the Fertile Crescent and the civilization's subsequent invasion and occupation by Africans, which were conquered by Median Empire founder Cyaxares the Great and subsequently left there by his descendant and regional conqueror, Cyrus the Great.  His descendant Darius the Great destroyed the Median Empire, establishing the political configurations between the Jews, Persians and later the Arabs that now pose challenges to Kurdish self-determination. Darius incidentally left a few magi whose descendants greeted the poor child destined to become more than the most famous Jewish priest, prophet and revolutionary in 2BCE.

After Alexander the Great conquered the Aryan lands of the Middle East and Asia, including the Achaemenids, the Aryan people under the Median leader Baryaxes (Barixas), and reorganized the Median "Huart' army against the Greek forces in Media in a protracted guerrilla war. During the Seleucid Empire the word "Huart' evolved into "Kurt,' which has become "Kurd.'(2). Conquering Roman and Sassanid empires were followed by the Islamic Arab empire.

After the World War I Sykes- Picot Agreement and the post- World War II Mahabad Agreement further isolated Kurdish people in the remainder of their territories, guerrilla armies, of which Abdullah Ocalan's Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) is the main survivor, arose in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran as attempts to  solve the "Kurdish question' in those countries. His sacrifices for the liberation of the Kurdish people reflect a singular devotion to the cause of a unique people's lengthy and distinct Aryan bloodline, which is the basis of most European stock.

While some understand the movement as the fulfillment of ancient Hebrew prophet Isaiah's "return of the Medes', other see it as the beginning of the inevitable transition of the Middle East towards a European style Renaissance and enlightenment, from which it was excluded due to ideological and other constraints. 

Imprisoned for over fourteen years for leading his people in their struggle against the occupiers' oppression, enforced social inequities, and undemocratic governments, Ocalan is the leader of more than forty million people with a common language and ethnicity. During this time he has grown stature. Public opinion polls have repeatedly shown that he is the most popular leader in the above countries.

International media agencies were the first to report that the intelligence services of Israel, the US and the EU helped Turkey to kidnap him in Nairobi, Kenya on February 15, 1999 and deport him to Turkey (4). The incarceration of the acknowledged leader of most Kurdish political parties and civil organizations in Turkey, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and preferred leader worldwide of many Kurds still symbolizes the plight of all leaders and political prisoners awaiting release in Turkey, before a climate conducive to negotiation can be built. In spite of his confinement, the London Times noted his statement written from his prison cell, "Let the guns be silenced and politics dominate,' which was read out to hundreds of thousands of Kurds gathered in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir on March 21, 2013.

Ocalan is now known and respected worldwide not only as a hero of Kurdish liberation, but as a symbol of the struggle against unjust practices and all forms of persecution and suffering imposed by the occupiers of Kurdistan. Leading a virtually unsupported stateless nation's guerrilla war, he deserves, but has not received honor similar to that other renowned political prisoner, Nelson Mandela. However, musicians have been inspired to compose songs and music in his honor. A major international art exhibit was dedicated to him and some prominent writers have contributed to a book about him.

Humanitarian concerns are not the only grounds for his release. It is in the best interests of western countries to grant Abdullah Ocalan's freedom. His political agenda will not only promote peace in the Middle East but also in nearby parts of Asia .


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Hamma Mirwaisi abandoned a successful career in public relations to pursue a more fulfilling life as a novelist and speaker. Since then he has written one book alone and three book with co-author Alison Buckley four best-selling Return of the (more...)

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